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Replacing A Gfci Outlet

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I am looking to replace a GFCI Outlet that keeps tripping in the rain.  I purchased one today and would like to hook it up tomorrow.  I am not too sure how to do this, although I found a few videos on Youtube.  I am not a electrician!!  Does anybody have any instructions/guidelines/tips?  Thanks!

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TED    99

I am looking to replace a GFCI Outlet that keeps tripping in the rain.  I purchased one today and would like to hook it up tomorrow.  I am not too sure how to do this, although I found a few videos on Youtube.  I am not a electrician!!  Does anybody have any instructions/guidelines/tips?  Thanks!

 

The most important thing (obviously) is to figure out which breaker controls the power to it and switch the breaker off.  If the receptacle is controlled by a light switch you should still turn off the breaker rather than relying on the switch.  There is nothing special about replacing a GFCI receptacle.  It's just like replacing a regular one.  It will have either 2 or 3 wires.  The white should be neutral.  The green (if present) should be ground.  The other wire which is usually black (but may be red or some other color) should be the positive.  (I say "should be" because there is always the possibility that it was not done correctly.)  The end of each wire (about 1/2 inch or so) should be stripped and bent into a hook shape.  It just goes around the screw and then you tighten the screw down.  The receptacle should be marked as to which wire goes where.  (The "longer" slot is the neutral.)  If you take the old one out you will see all this and that will show you how to put the new one in.  It's really not too difficult just make absolutely sure the power is off and take your time.

 

TED

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MEGA ARCH    2

I am looking to replace a GFCI Outlet that keeps tripping in the rain.  I purchased one today and would like to hook it up tomorrow.  I am not too sure how to do this, although I found a few videos on Youtube.  I am not a electrician!!  Does anybody have any instructions/guidelines/tips?  Thanks!

 

Are you sure the GFCI is bad?

Are you sure it's just not tripping because it should?

You stated "tripping in the rain". If you have plugs on the ground, lots of wire-frame "tomato cage style" props, C-9 sockets mounted lamp up, and so on - could be it's not time to replace the receptacle.

 

Be careful if you try it. As TED wisely advised - POWER OFF while doing it.

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jeeper621    11

I replaced my GFCI the other day in about 10 minutes.  I have zero electrical experience.  The most challenging part was getting the screws loose to get the wires from the house off of the old outlet because the electrician had tightened them SO tight.  I made sure to turn the outet off by flipping the corresponding breaker switch then testing the outlet just to make sure there was no power running to it.  Directions for connecting the wires come in the package with your GFCI outlet.

 

GOOD LUCK!

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vkjohnson    4

The end of each wire (about 1/2 inch or so) should be stripped and bent into a hook shape.  It just goes around the screw and then you tighten the screw down.  The receptacle should be marked as to which wire goes where.  (The "longer" slot is the neutral.)  If you take the old one out you will see all this and that will show you how to put the new one in.  It's really not too difficult just make absolutely sure the power is off and take your time.

 

TED

You can also use the stab-in connection on the back.  Make sure your terminals screw is loose and pushed against the outlet.  Stab your stripped wire into the back and tighten the screw.  If you bend your wires around the screw like TED said, be sure they bend the same direction you turn the screw to tighten it.

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CameronInGA    7

I have a sneaking suspicion we are talking about not replacing a GFCI outlet, but removing the protection with a non - GFCI outlet. :( we all love our blink flashy lights, but should never defeat/circumvent legally - mandated safety devices for the sake a of Christmas display.

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CameronInGA    7

Ok, sorry, wasn't trying to bust your ornaments, but I do see posts sometimes on the boards about users removing their GFCI outlets on their displays.

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timpwk    5

Unlike a traditional outlet, if you have a line (from the box) and a load (to the next outlet) wire in the box make sure you hook them up correctly or you will not have GFCI protection.  If done correctly all the outlets in the series will be good to go, if wired backwards you will still have power, but no protection.  At least that is how it worked in the old days...................

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